Announcing India Blockchain Week (IBW)
IBW is India’s first world-class, pan-industry and multi-chain web3 conference
Hashed Emergent is thrilled to announce and host India Blockchain Week (IBW) – India’s first world-class, pan-industry and multi-chain web3 conference. IBW is the headline conference anchoring a week of web3 events and will be held at the Sheraton Grand, Bangalore on Dec 6-7, 2023.
In addition to the IBW conference, this week will also cover ETHIndia 2023 - one of the largest Ethereum hackathons, Polygon Connect and many other web3 hackathons & side-events hosted by our friends and partners in the blockchain ecosystem.
Empowering the Ecosystem & WAGMI Together
An all-encompassing opportunity to empower all stakeholders in the blockchain industry.
IBW is modelled on the highly successful Korea Blockchain Week (founded by FactBlock and cohosted by Hashed) and aims to be India's leading web3 conference. We’re hosting IBW because we want to empower India’s blockchain ecosystem, the same way KBW empowered the Korean ecosystem. We will do this by bringing together global & Indian perspectives - and we welcome you to be a part of it!
Periods of calm during market cycles have proven to be fertile ground for innovation. Game-changing web3 primitives such as MolochDAO and Uniswap were built during previous market cycles and were announced at conferences like ETHDenver 2019 and DevCon 3. This underscores the importance of community engagement in an industry where positive media attention and feedback loops are scarce. IBW aims to mobilise the community, and foster creation, collaboration, growth, and resilience.
IBW’s fuel is a philosophy which we hold close to our hearts at Hashed Emergent - 'WAGMI(T) - we're all gonna make it (together)!' - a mindset that emphasizes collective success and unity.
Agenda & Format of IBW
IBW’s agenda is organized around five themes that bring attention to specific purposes shared by the community as a collective
IBW presents an unparalleled opportunity for participants to engage with thought leaders, experts, and influencers from around the world and the Indian web3 ecosystem. With IBW’s synergy of global and Indian themes, participants can expect to gain profound insights, explore new frontiers, and establish valuable connections while contributing to the growth of an important “sunrise” web3 ecosystem.
To this end, IBW will encompass five main themes:
Under the Hood: Blockchains represent a paradigm shift in systems of coordination. This theme is a deep-dive into the latest technical developments in blockchain and will provide insights into the advancements made in the infrastructure and application layers.
Making web3 scalable: the road to mass adoption: Scalability is a fundamental challenge in the blockchain space. This theme aims to brainstorm potential avenues and identify roadblocks for scaling web3 solutions and achieving mass adoption through a web2.5 approach.
Leapfrogging the world: Emerging markets hold immense potential for web3's transformative power. This theme examines the impact and unique value-proposition of web3 in emerging markets to empower its communities by leapfrogging legacy systems.
From the back-office, to the frontlines and beyond: India presents a unique opportunity for web3 innovation and adoption. This theme shines a spotlight on the “India opportunity” for blockchains to reshape industries and drive digital transformation.
Towards a New World Order: As blockchain technology continues to evolve, the impact of regulations on the industry and geopolitics cannot be overlooked. This theme delves into the complex relationship between regulatory frameworks, international relations and the global web3 ecosystem.
We have designed IBW in the form of a pan-industry, multi-chain web3 conference.
India is the fastest growing major economy in the world, with a solid startup ecosystem and amongst the highest levels of crypto adoption in the world.
Yet there is still no equivalent of Token2049, Messari Mainnet, or Korea Blockchain Week at scale in India. India needs a full-scale web3 conference to bring the community together, consolidate its position as a global tech leader and catalyse India's emergence as a web3 stronghold. IBW will fill this whitespace.
Bangalore is the hub of all things tech, venture, and crypto. It also happens to be our home-base.
Bangalore is the natural choice to host IBW. It is India’s tech capital and its innovation-driven ecosystem leads Indian tech adoption. Bangalore has become the go-to city in India when it comes to web3. The country’s leading crypto exchanges are based in Bangalore, and India’s largest blockchain - Polygon - was created in this city. Web3 meetups are a regular occurance in the city, and many well known web3 communities are based in Bangalore.
With a rich tapestry of global tech giants, venture capital firms, start-ups, unicorns and tech talent calling Bangalore home, there is no better place for IBW to showcase the rise of India’s web3 ecosystem. The city's cosmopolitan nature, connectivity, and buzzing youthful vibe makes it an ideal destination to exchange ideas, forge partnerships, and shape the future of web3 on a global scale.
As the web3 ecosystem continues to gain momentum, several tailwinds have converged, making December 2023 the opportune moment for IBW.
India has untapped potential, and since its government has been progressively showing signs of embracing web3, there is a strategic imperative for India to host a world-class, pan-industry, multi-chain web3 conference. IBW seeks to capitalize on this narrative and supercharge the tailwinds described below for innovation, knowledge sharing, and collaboration at this key juncture.
India has emerged as a significant dev & user market in the global web3 landscape attracting the attention of an increasing number of Layer 1 blockchain protocols that are aggressively entering the Indian market. This increase underscores India’s growing global importance and potential as a key market for blockchain technologies.
The startup ecosystem in India continues to see new people building in web3 with entrepreneurs and innovators persistently venturing into this transformative technology. This continued effort to build is a bullish signal, especially as we head towards the next Bitcoin halvening in the coming year.
Regulatory frameworks worldwide are undergoing meaningful transformation with global initiatives such as the G20 (which is under Indian presidency in 2023), MiCA, and other major global regulatory developments re-shaping the future of the industry and the broader economy.
Web3 infrastructure is advancing rapidly with new primitives being developed to enhance scalability, solve for real-world use-cases and drive mainstream adoption.
There has been a noticeable surge in the number of web3 events in India. This upward trajectory signifies the growing interest, participation, and recognition of India as a key player in the blockchain industry.
December usually sees a slowdown of web3 events, even though it aligns with the peaking of global technology discourse and year-end planning. Tangible results from India's G20 Summit (which is focused on globally coordinated crypto-asset regulations, will also make this December a key time for discussing and dissecting the blockchain industry’s next steps. IBW will leverage these opportunities this December. It wouldn’t hurt to visit the Indian city with the best beer and the best weather at the merriest time of the year.
IBW represents a key part of Hashed Emergent's vision and purpose.
To sum up, we at Hashed Emergent are excited to launch IBW as a strategic platform for collaboration, innovation, and knowledge-sharing. Our vision is to accelerate the growth of web3 in India, and we believe that hosting IBW at the epicenter of the world’s emerging web3 hub is the perfect opportunity.
With our unique experience, network and perspective, we aim to make IBW a world-class, pan-industry and multi-chain conference.
We invite you to join us: https://indiablockchainweek.com/waitlist